Tired of exploring Kentucky’s innumerable natural attractions or attending an incomparable horse race at the Kentucky Derby? Highly unlikely, but if you are looking for something more interactive, head to one of the state’s many amusement parks. With dedicated spaces for toddlers, kids, teens, and adults alike, the parks offer exciting rides, waterparks, wave pools, and even miniature golf courses and faster-than-light raceways. The Kentucky Splash Waterpark and Campground has an 18,000-square-foot wave pool that will toss and turn everyone in the pool if they don’t tame the waves. If you want something more classic like bumper cars or a ride on the Ferris wheel, then head to Kentucky Kingdom. No matter where you decide to go, a day at one of the amusement parks below is a day well spent.
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1.Beech Bend Park
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Beech Bend Park is a one-of-a-kind destination that has been entertaining families for more than 115 years. The amusement park, raceway, and campgrounds are a great place for visitors of all ages. The amusement park is adjacent to the waterpark, Splash Lagoon, so that you can have fun any way you like, and the rides in both range from thrilling to relaxed. Whether you like watch fast cars or you like testing them out yourselves, the park’s dragstrip offers tons of fun and even has a monthly auto parts swap and sell. Less than an hour away from Nashville, if you’re looking for something to do on a hot summer day, Beech Bend Park has you covered.
798 Beech Bend Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, Phone: 270-781-7634
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Kentucky Kingdom has a bunch of attractions for you to choose from depending on the level of thrill you’re looking for and your age, since the park is focused on everyone in the family having fun, from toddlers to senior citizens. For a laidback experience head to the 5-D cinema or go for a spin on the Bella Musica carousel. While classic rides like bumper cars and a giant Ferris wheel are also available, the really thrilling attractions are the Cyclos, the Fearfall, and the exhilarating Mile High Falls. There’s a dedicated section for younger guests called King Louie’s Playland and is great for kids between 2 and 12 years old.
937 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY 40209, Phone: 502-813-8200
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3.Kentucky Splash Waterpark and Campground
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Home to a 18,000-square-foot wave pool, a kiddie activity pool, a lazy river, and innumerable water slides, Kentucky Splash Waterpark is one of the best ways to cool off on a hot summer day. In addition to all the water-filled fun in the sun, the park also has a miniature golf course, an arcade filled with games, and a driving range. The newest addition to the park is a full hookup campground with water, electric, Wi-Fi, and a bathhouse. All the little ones have fun at Tadpole Island, which features a Caribbean-themed interactive playhouse, slides, water cannons, and a climb-through tunnel. Places to Visit in Kentucky
1050 KY-92, Williamsburg, KY 40769, Phone: 606-549-6065
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Often called Kentucky’s best waterpark, admission to SomerSplash Waterpark can range anywhere from $3 to $16.95 depending on what you want to experience. The park runs from May to September every year and often has many special events planned, especially for the 4th of July. Visitors are free to roam, ride, and relax as they’d like because the waterpark is all about letting you have fun, your way, in a safe and friendly environment. Kids between the ages of 6 and 12 who are interested in taking swim classes can learn at the exciting waterpark every June.
1030 KY-2227, Somerset, KY 42503, Phone: 606-679-7946
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